London (May. 23)
There will be a departure from the usual procedure at the Seventeenth Zionist Congress which opens in Basle on Tuesday evening, June 30th., according to the agenda which has just been issued here. Dr. Weizmann, who has always opened the Zionist Congresses in the past during the term of his Presidency of the Zionist Organisation, is relinquishing the task this time to Mr. Nahum Sokolov, the President of the Zionist Executive, who will take his place in opening the Congress. Dr. Weizmann will not appear until the second session, on Wednesday morning, July 1st., when he will deliver his usual Report on the political situation.
After the opening of the Congress by Mr. Sokolov on Tuesday evening, Mr. Ch. N. Bialik, the famous Hebrew poet, will deliver an address on “Palestine and its importance to the Diaspora”, and Mr. Leo Motzkin, the President of the General Council (Actions Committee will deliver an address on “Zionism and the present position of Jewry”.
At the third session, on Wednesday afternoon, Dr. Selig Brodetsky will follow up Dr. Weizmann’s report with a supplementary report on the political situation. Dr. Ruppin will then report on the problems of work in Palestine, after which the Congress will elect the Committee on resolutions and proceed to the general debate, which will continue until the seventh session, on Friday morning. On Thursday morning, Dr. Rosenblueth will report on the Zionist Organisation and its problems, and on Thursday afternoon the Congress will elect the various committees. On Sunday morning, Mr. Ussischkin will report on the Jewish National Fund, Dr. Arthur Hantke on the Keren Hayesod and Dr. Arlosoroff on the financial problems of Palestine reconstruction.
The elections of the members of the Zionist Executive and the General Council and of the Zionist members of the Jewish Agency are scheduled for the session to be held on Friday afternoon July 10th, when the Congress, according to the present arrangements, is due to conclude.